It’s about control
To the editor: I take exception to the letter of Oct. 20 titled “Looking glass” concerning the Affordable Care Act. Barack Obama has gone in and changed the ACA numerous times since it was passed. You need congressional approval to do that!
The government shutdown was because Congress asked that this bill be extended for one year for individuals as Obama had extended it for businesses without penalty. Obama refused to listen.
Thankfully, Mark Meadows is our congressman and he listens to his constituents. The vast majority do not want the ACA. Scary thought — it is being implemented by the IRS. The IRS — a part of our government that persecutes any group that politically disagrees with our imperial president.
The ACA is not a health care bill. It is about control. When you enroll, be prepared to lose your privacy. Obama and Eric Holder are fighting voter ID laws, yet you need a valid picture ID to enroll in the ACA.
Let’s see. The ACA. Something the government says you must have and the majority of Americans don’t want and you have to get it on a website that doesn’t work or pay a penalty.
The Quantum State of Consent
Posted: 10 Feb 2018 04:34 PM PST
56% of younger millennials identify as Christian. 2% as Jewish or Muslim. 1% as Buddhist. And 36% as nothing. That's double the number that made up the "nones" among baby boomers. Being a "none" often means having no sense of purpose, except to seek personal happiness and make the world a better place by recycling, opposing Trump and calling out racism. It also means a moral code based on academic analysis of power relationships between races, genders and sexual orientations.
"Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom," Benjamin Franklin cautioned more simply.
These aren't abstractions. Nor are they measured on some vast scale of civilizations. They define how we live our ordinary lives. They are why this debate is taking place.
Free people consent. But freedom comes from virtue. Freedom without virtue is anarchy. And anarchy ends in brutality and tyranny. That outcome isn't only expressed in riots in the streets. It emerges in smaller and more intimate matters, like the debate over consent.
Freedom of consent is failing. The left wants to replace it with brutality and tyranny. The brutality of online smear campaigns and the tyranny of campus kangaroo courts. But a secular right has no replacement for it either except the more libertarian brutality and tyranny of the individual.
What we forgot is that we don't truly have freedom of consent, until we have purpose.